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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Korean's Corrupt Kiribati

Another black eye for Korea.
The National Youth Commission charged yesterday that Korean fishermen are largely responsible for the existence of a teen prostitution industry in Kiribati, a small island nation in the South Pacific.

The commission said it conducted an investigation last month in Tarawa, Kiribati's capital, after the United Nations Children's Fund said that Koreans were sexually exploiting children in the South Pacific.

"In Kiribati, tourism has not developed like other countries," said an official at the commission, which is under the authority of Korea's prime minister. "So there hasn't been prostitution there until recently. Prostitution in Kiribati seems to have been started by Korean fishermen."

The commission said its investigators spoke to young Kiribati women and girls who had been involved with Korean fishermen. Investigators said they found dozens of underage prostitutes working in bars that the fishermen frequented.
The commission said that Kiribati teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 told them that fishermen solicited them in the bars. They normally received cash, cigarettes, bottles of alcohol or clothes for sexual services, according to the commission.
Korean's bitch and moan about Japanese coming to Korea to visit brothels when they are just as guilty. Ah, smell the hypocrisy...